I am looking for recommendations for summer classes. Does anyone have a class that they recommend taking in summer with the shorter time frame? Also, how many classes are recommended? 1, 2 (or even 3). Normally I work full time in the summer teaching summer school. However, this summer I will not be working and I am curious the number of classes that is recommended in the summer.Thanks!
I took 2 summer courses last year while working full time and that was plenty! Because the classes during summer are accelerated, there is a lot of work each week. It's doable, but challenging.
It is recommended that you take only one class during the summer. I work full time and took 512 Online course design this past summer and it was very time consuming. I enjoyed the class but would not recommend that course for the 8 week session. I got an A, learned a lot and created an entire online course but I felt like I was grounded all summer.
Ditto, I have one toddler and work 20 hours a week online and could only handle one online course.
I took 3 classes in the summer of 2012. I didn't have kids at the time and had the summer off. Coursework was literally all I did that summer and my husband cooked a lot of our meals.
I had scheduled to take three last summer, but with no AID for the summer, I dropped it down to two. I a sure glad that I did, the summer classes come at you fast and furious. For me three would have been too much and to still have a fun summer. But, two was okay.
I have taken 2 each of the last 2 summers, and I work and have a family, I found I was working on homework every night of the week to stay up to date on my school work. I recommend that you do NOT take EDTECH 505 over the summer. That is a very time consuming class and you will benefit more having students in session so you can do a program evaluation using them. I also took 504 over the summer and thought it was an excellent summer course. It is a theory class which is a lot of writing but it can be accomplished on the accelerated schedule.
I have taken 2 courses each summer for the last 2 summers. It is very difficult while working a full time job. I would also suggest not taking 505 during the summer. It was rough and the opportunities for evaluation would probably be much better during a regular semester for most in the education world.
Overall, just weigh your full schedule (coursework, job, family, extra curricular, etc.) and determine what you have time for and don't push it.
I did two courses this past summer 504 and 542. I had a great cohort group in the 542 class and we all worked well together. 504 was challenging without crunching into the compressed time frame of summer. I finished strong and earned my good grades in each course. That said, I will not take two courses during summer again. I may not take two courses during fall or spring either.
Summer moves rapidly. The work load is intense in my opinion. 542 would be my summer recommendation. The class is structured well and scaffolding is present. Don't be afraid to share your goals and your work ethic when looking for cohorts/partners. We held sychronous meetings on Google Hangout once a week and used Google Docs (comments) and email to communicate during the week. I am in 521 now and think this class would also work well in the summer, though the workload seems a bit more in 521. (Could be that it is exposing more areas of potential growth for me.)
If you need more information, I will be glad to help. ~ B
I work full time and took 503 in the summer of 2012 and 512 in the summer of 2013. (Just one course each summer.) I do not recommend those courses for the summer unless you have a lot of time available. As someone else said, those courses come at you fast and furious in the shortened summer format. I learned a lot and was happy with my projects, but it was a bit like running a marathon at a sprint. But if you do end up doing something crazy like that, then I suggest setting up a nice work area in the backyard with an extension cord, some sort of shade for the computer, weights to hold down your papers, etc. so that you can at least sort of enjoy the summer while you're toiling away on your classwork!
Thanks for all of your help and suggestions!
Wow, what great advice you give each other! I learned myself by reading your comments.
Thought I'd add the fact that students who take only one course in summer are not elibigle to receive FAFSA that semester - or any semester that only one course is taken.
I agree that one course in the summer is probably enough, but just be aware of FAFSA's rules.